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Truancy is Top Tier Issue Again

With its elevated place in American history, its mansions and its status as an international resort, Newport may seem an odd place to suffer chronic problems with public school truancy. “Truancy’s been a big problem in Newport over the years,” said Charles P. Shoemaker, chairman of the Newport School Committee. “We have one of the highest truancy rates in the […]

Yes, There are Strings Attached

This has been a building year for the Newport String Project. The small but ambitious group established a chamber music series and also launched a music education program in partnership with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center and Newport County Boys and Girls Clubs. Professional violinists EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealaín McMullin give violin and viola lessons twice a week […]

Breakers Appeal to Be Heard

The Preservation Society’s ambitious multiyear effort to construct a welcome center inside the gates of The Breakers is expected to finally come before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday, Jan. 27. In what is expected to be their most watched vote in years, Zoning Board members will hear arguments for and against the project, which has been the […]

From the Bookshelf

Portsmouth resident and author Marguerite Vaillancourt will do a reading from her latest book, “Chased from Eden” at the Portsmouth Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. Part memoir and part fiction, the tale is about coming of age in Morocco. Her book will be available for purchase and signing. Uplifting Message Forced to remake her life after […]

Middletown School Budget Process Begins

The Middletown School Committee met for the first time this year on Thursday, Jan. 16 for a budget workshop and regular meeting. The budget presentation by Business Manager Raquel Pellerin included the audited fund balance from June 2013, a five-year capital improvement pre-budget proposal, and a three-year review and proposal for use of enterprise and restricted funds. Superintendent Rosemarie Kraeger […]

Temporary Bridge Barriers A Go

Amid rising calls to adopt enhanced safety measures on one of the state’s most iconic spans, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has begun to install a temporary median on the Newport Pell Bridge. The work comes less than two weeks after the Newport City Council voted in favor of a resolution urging RITBA to do exactly that, and […]

It’s Not Me, Right?

It’s winter in Newport. That means there’s good news, and there’s bad news. The good news is the tourist traffic is gone; the bad news is the tourist money is gone. The good news is that restaurants aren’t crowded and many have great special price offers; the bad news is that if you want to go to one, you’d better […]


Newport Fire Incident Run Report During the period from Monday, Jan. 13 through Sunday, Jan. 19, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 157 calls. Of those, 63 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 49 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 6 patients refused aid once EMS arrived on the scene. Fire apparatus was used for 157responses:Station […]


Back to Basics A nd we’re off. Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee delivered his final “State of the State” speech to a joint legislative audience last week in Providence, setting in motion Rhode Island’s annual fiscal dance. Like his previous three years in office, Chafee’s final 12 months are likely to be shaped by a debate over how to close a […]